Future Students

The Honors College seeks to recruit a diverse student body that fosters a community of academic excellence. As a student in the Honors College, you will be a part of both a large university and an intimate community of dedicated scholars. You will have at your disposal the resources of a major public research institution while taking small classes that emphasize participation in discussions.

First-Year Students

Kent State University

A First-Year student is someone who has not attended any college, university, technical or proprietary school after graduation from high school. Students who have taken college coursework while in high school are considered first-year students.

Continuing & Transfer Students

Kent State University

Students who are currently attending Kent State University who demonstrate potential for academic excellence may apply for membership in the Honors College.

Regional Campus Honors Programs

Kent State University Twinsburg Regional Academic Center

Honors Programs currently exist on five Kent State campuses: East Liverpool, Salem, Stark, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas.


Honors Students in dorm room

The Honors College Living-Learning Community in Stopher-Johnson Hall, Centennial Court B, and Clark Hall, are specifically for students admitted to the Honors College.  Exposure to opportunities unique to those who strive for academic success, participate in leadership opportunities along with other top students, develop friendships through common goals, courses, and conversation, and are exposed to faculty and staff that will enhance their academic experience.

Why Honors?

Students walk past the honors college on a fall day

"Honors education ignites passion for lifelong learning and encourages student creativity, collaboration, and leadership in the classroom and beyond. It is characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than comparable learning experiences typically found at institutions of higher education. Honors curriculum serves as a laboratory for inventive and experiential education that can be implemented in the traditional classroom.